The price differences can varies between 10-20%, which will translates into price differences of $100-$400 depending on notebook models.
However, we have seen people over-using the Consumer Lenovo Notebook IdeaPad for more than 4 hours a day consistently for long period of time. As a result, their notebook lifespan shorten and will probably fail in the 1st 2 years for use. After having the faulty notebook. Ultimately, they ended poorer by spending more time and money to buy a new notebook. We always advised our customer to get the right notebook for the right use.
We have created a simple table to compare the differences between Lenovo Notebook – Thinkpad and Ideapad.
Started by Lenovo in 2008
Started by IBM in 1992. Bought over By Lenovo in 2005
Better Quality Parts – Lifespan
Can upgrade to 3 years On-Site Warranty
Can upgrade to 5 years on-site Warranty
1 year carry-in warranty
3 years Next Business Day onsite warranty
Pre-installed Crapware – “Useless Software”
Little or None
More Durable – Built To Last, Survive Drops and spills better
Yes, The materials used as Titanium, Magnesium and Reinforced Plastic. Some models are even military grade.
Matte, Anti-Glare, Better Viewing angle
Trackpad and Additional Red Trackpoint (for better pointing accuracy”
More Durable – Advanced Cooling Design and Mechanism
More Protection – ThinkVantage Active Protection System (Developed by IBM in 2003) – protect the disk from any sudden accelerated movement
Better Security – Fingerprint Security
Better Security – Trusted Platform Module (TPM) – Data Encryption
Expansion, Connectivity – Docking Station or Port Replicator
2nd Battery Pack
Yes, Some models only
Preloaded Operating System
Windows 10 Home
Supported Operating System
The only Notebook that was used in the International Space Station.Their features include modifications to handle weightlessness, low density, and an adaptation to 28-volt power which is a very specific requirement of the Space Station.